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Winona Republican-Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 18, 1948, Winona, Minnesota New Oaks SECTION Full Leased Wire News Report of The Asiocinted Member of the Audit Bureau of New Oaks SECTION VOLUME 48, NO. 78 W1NQNA. MINNESOTA. TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 16. 1948 FIVE CENTS PER COPY New Oa Crews Rush Last-Minute Preparations 150 Tables in Dining Room, Prevue for Visitors Working crews put the finishing touches on the new Oaks over the assembling tho ISO tables in the main dining room, polishing, tho dance floor and arranging the huge bur and stage. smoothed and blended the brilliant colors that give, the Oaks an almost Cuban or South Ameri- can atmosphere in spite of the fact that GerdC A. Wagner, in charge of interior decorating and paint- ing Insists that he had In mine patrons or North European descent who respond to the gay colors featured on the doors and floors or the OaXs. At any rate tho final effect has been to give the. new visitor a feeling or mild and pleasant incredulity. And In the overall last-minute preparations which remind one of the assembling of a new muslca comedy, Walter "Chet" Kelly, with- out benefit of white Jacket is as busy as a father In a. launderette, while sloe-eyed veteran hostess moves us elllclent as a school teach- er In a cafeteria. Helping to put tho final picture ot this distinctive new night club together is Vcrnon W. O'Connor, to his general construction supervisor whose great- est boast is that he had his picture taken beside the Sphinx while soldiering In Tteypt. Never KorKcts a riRUt. This glib Irishman never forgets a figure, a dimension or a plan and the final efficiency with which the Oaks has been created Into a mod- ern Arabian Nights is proof of his talents. Sponsors and workmen proudly showed curious visitors how the lighting domes and air conditioning Jn tho celling of the big cllninK room worked. Visitors "oohcd and aahcd over the view from the long windows bor- dering to the north of the Oaks while'others tramped up the stairs to pock in the 12 bedrooms which tho management plans to fit up for transient use or for permanent EUThc" main dining room with Its complete, provision '.or drawing out nil smoke and foreign odors Is.per- haps tho bluest point to which tnc creators of the new Oaks point, All Colors of the Kalnbow Hero Is a room with a total of GOOD square feet of space whlcn blonds into as many colors as the rainbow. To the west Is o celling of gray-rose which blends into the chartreuse celling and at this end modcrnfnld doors in soft gray and ivorv offer customers a chance to divide a portion or tho room Into a private dining or meeting place. A strlplnj; eltcct has been achieved here by the artist In green and white, this blends Into a light green wall then a gray wall: o dash of red and yellow and then 32 feet of solid veliow on the north end and 18 feet, ot yellow wall coloring on the east end. A solid red wall flames up' bnck of the orchestra stand bordered by a wall of striped yellow and cray. The llirhtlnr; Is Indirect and 18 loudspeakers iit'fortl the music cif opportunity to be distributed. O'Connor Is especially proud of the one wide entrance arrangements which have been made to afford exhibitors of machinery or auto- mobiles, opportunity to bring in their model machines, A power house lias bmi erected 150 feet to tho 'south rear of the main build- which will furnish current to all parts of the building. T.unrli Court Planned On the south court arrangements niv in procn.v.s for a lunch court which will be .served by a portable bivvbt-cuo kitchen. Here, the guests will be allowed special parties and provision has been n'nado for the outside Ihvlll ot lolling in deck- chairs ii-s customers give orders for food and drink. Mori: than square fi-et of space have been set aside for (his feature. The south wall becomes a dark pray and jvllnw for 1G feet but flushes Into -IB feet of lighter yellow on the same side ending In a trlum- pliant smash of red and white circles to the wci.f. The (li'.iiuK room floor has been finished in a red and yellow tile and the entire room has been made us noiseless ivs possible. The six windows to tho north and one on the side are constructed of ThiTiiuipane, The floor of the foyer has boon finished In red and gray tiling and this unusual room measures about 24 by HO feet with walls of a, deep ImlltJo blue and a celling brightly pulnted with a blue, white and yel- low mural of the Oaks. The doors loading into the ballroom are fin- ished In a deep orange, almost red, while the doors Into the bar arc a cannry yellow. The bur and lounge which meas- ures abuut 50 by 47 feet has been finished In a more conservative fashion with a blue celling and light woodwork. The bar extends 87 feet and Is finished In birds-eye maple and red and white mahogany. A whltu zebra stripes on the and wall. The kitchen which occupies by 32 feet ot space Is finished white and ulr-condltloncd. It is over a r_f Wednesday Magnificent House Of Entertainment And Food Ready New Club Replaces Structure Destroyed by Fire Two Years Ago in March The faith born in the huge Oaks clientele two years ago that a more night dub would be raised from the ashes Jl be confirmed when the new Oaks swings wiae for the grand This Is a Picture of the spacious dining room at the new Oaks taken to show the bandstand and dance floor, both in :the background. Seating ac Republican-Herald photo commodatlons lor 600 persons can be' made available on short notice. Six- teen waitresses have been employed to assure good, service to. diners. Kelly Hopes to Win Fame for Barbecued Beans Beans aren't Just beans! Beans just aren't a dish you scoop outvof a can or hold over for' a cold Sunday snack. Beans aren't merely something to be cooked the way your Aunt Min- nie "pen-tied them up." Walter "Chef" Kelly, president and grande-chef of the new Oaks intends to make beans one great famous dish at his new night club. For-such a purpose he has im- ported a new improved barbecue machine and says he will take sev- en hours to cook, bake, roast, or what-have-you. common ordinary beans Into a delicacy, fit for a king, jr even a queen, for that matter. Chef Kelly has worked out his own particular pattern for "barbe- cued" baked beans. The machine elevates a stack (90 pounds) of pork ribs to the top of the oven. This puts the whole process, according to Kelly, in reverse. The beans arc sneaked adroitly into the bottom, pan the oven and cooked (and get with hickory wood. The ribs while" cooking above for three and one-half hours cast drippings down on the beans which are reposed over the smoking hickory fire. Long after the ribs are barbe- cued, the smoking, baking, hickory- fire smoked process goes oa with the beans. The result is tremendous! In seven hours you have beans that will make you forget every- v Modern Is The Word to describe the bar room and cocktail lounge at the new Oaks, which is pictured -above. The semicircular bar is 87 feet m length It is light mahogany. The back bar is constructed of birdseye maple. Republican-Herald photo All refrigeration units arc in built-in cabinets behind the bar. Flourescent Ughttog teused throughout the lounge. A picture of the California Redwoods enhances the beauty of the bar's background. ______________ full basement and Is equipped for all of Kelly's gastronomic arts and employs a cashier's desk from which food will be checked. Jerry's tho Goat for Plans the inside knowledge of plans to Im- had his plans for improve- iment all he laid them on 50 a seat. Jerry, already in disgrace for sabotaging Britain's save paper No Jim Crow on Oregon Campus La. Grande, A college student white students. body, 33 per year cent white, two non- Eastern Oregon College of Edu- cation students elected a Negro football player and a Japanese- for sabotaging Britain's save paper vTilrh drive, digested the plans thoroughly. American coed to two of the high cst campus ofDces. I The Negro, Robert Terry, a La Grande resident with a long string I of high school and college honors, !was elected president of the asso- ciated men students. The coeds chose Hisako Kldo, a Nisei girl from Nyssa, Ore., as pres- ident ol the associated women stu- dents. The entire 726 enrollment at the state-supported college Includes only five non-white students; two Nisei girls and three Negro boys. Honey Used for Ulcers Moscow Honey is being used successfully in the Soviet union to treat stomach ulcers, says the newspaper "Evening Moscow." About 250 patients suffering from ulcers have been treated in the Ostomov, Basman and Moscow garrison hospitals, the paper says. About 250 grams of honey were given the patients for periods of 14 to 18 days. In many cases pains disappeared after the first day. About 80 per cent of those treated had their ulcers healed by the honey treatment. The article says honey was used during the war in treating wounds and that considerable re- search and experiment has been since conducted along these lines. John Ireland Howe of Derby, Conn., invented the first successful pinmaklng machine. Thirty-six of Idaho's 44 counties contain minerals of commercial im- no portance. lie opening of a magnificent house of hundreds ol Winonans who viewed the night club at a series eat them again. Sunday afternoon and evening. They have seen its colorful din- Ing rooms, capable of seating 600 persons simultaneously; relaxed in the spacious bar and cocktail lounge, and enjoyed the food and entertainment prepared by a staff of 50, headed by Walter "Cher" whose name and food Become synonymous with the Oaks. A huge crowd is expected at the grand crowd that may exceed its all-time record act a few nights before fire wiped out the old Oaks March 2G, 1946. That night an estimated persons were cnter- alncd there. For the Wednesday opening the attractions are greater than, two years ago: Except for a portion of the walls, everything is new. The new Oaks is larger, more gay in tone, better equipped to out overtaxing its luge clientele it has assembled in 18-year history. The faith that clientele held two years ago when the flames licked at the gutted Oaks was held, top, by neighbor of the ViU, who once operated a brewery on the site of the club. As he stood by the remem- bered and ed: "We got a better club after 1935 fire, and no doubt we'll Bet a better ono as a. result of this flrc. Wtaona. wants this place and it was an asset. It was well conducted, it was a place to bring children and entire will be missed by thousands of people who enjoyed Mr. Vill was twice old missed; the new Oaks IS better. Kelly's Food Delights Most Fastidious Eater From bus boy to president and the chef-genius of one of the most outstanding and original new night clubs in the Middle West is the story of Walter C. Kelly. a name which has be- come synonymous with fine food and pleasurable dining, is the ans- wer to and the reason for the phe- nomenal success of the Oaks as a distinctive place to relax and obtain iiese pleasurable interludes which make living in this part of the country more buoyant and zestful. Therefore, the new Oaks, officially opening Wednesday night, will draw people from surrounding states and will attract all persons who believe that good dining is important to the American way of life. But there is a reason for Kelly's upward surge as a master chef and arranger of foods that not only give the physical being warmth and corn- Tort but delight the palate. Enjoys Preparing Food The reason is that Kelly, himself, delights in the preparation of food, studies the techniques and talents other famous chefs and improves methods of preparing fine dishes 3 he goes along. His eye is on the results" in the kitchen rather than the click of the jash, register and thus, it follows, ,hat though he broils and flavors is dishes far from the famous cities coastal fame, he became well known and famous in his culinary arts. of his: out oine's, Old Persons who have enjoyed the techniques of famous chefs. Marie, teorge, Charles, the English cook, ;iark and diners who have sought a The London Chop House, An- e's, Arnaud's "Cuisine Delici- Charley's, Harry's, Voisin's, the Book Binders. Billy the Oyster- man's and other well-known eateries ive praised, sought out and re- mcd again to the appetizing dishes served at the Oaks. Such simple yet artful dishes Soup a 1'OIgnon" cooked as it is pronounced must have in its prepa- ration the aptitudes of a master and t just a cook interested, namely, turning out a passable dish. Started as Bus Boy Kelly since his early days'as a bus has' learned to cook in any .wiKuagc, even Persian, and he has iccentuated his talents by develop- an executive knack of managing is restaurant. Any person who has had the prlvl- of watching Kelly in his "back- work of cooking a duck with or preparing breast of knows that he overlooks details and delights in his work. It would bo foolhardy to try .to not boy ng his Ai ege stage" cherries pheasant Walter "Chef" Kelly, above, has gained a wide reputation, throughout the Northwest for his culinary art. He not only is president and general manager of the new Oaks, but also is head chef. Here he is shown in his "working clothes." write in detail about Kelly's methods, his extreme thoughtfulness and at- tention to seasoning as he prepares a pike or trout, for he has as many tricks up his sleeve as any top flight entertainer. He remembers flavors as woman does songs. In the matter of salads he exhibits the same intense concentration and when he completes his blending of vegetables or cheeses or dressings the salad is something more than, a slab of lettuce heaped with to- matoes or chopped "this and that." In his colorful setting of the new vaks, Kelly already is planning far ahead of the dinner hour with a novel preparation of "hors d1 an appetizer tray, which he plans to change with many vari- eties to suit the Individual palate. Kelly follows no famous restaurant pattern and delights in his own. originality but the diner sometimes is reminded at the Oaks of favorite recipes of famous taverns, sliced breast of turkey. Morny on toast, reminiscent of the Cosa do Palmas hotel, Texas, scalloped eggs with tart seasoning as they fashion them in Missouri; stuffed mushrooms, curry chicken, frog legs, steaks and as oaks of (Continued on Pace 7-A, Column 5) KELLY'S FOOD ;